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Stocking Beginner Mbuna 75 Gallon

Postby twilkens » Fri Mar 06, 2020 2:08 pm

I'm new to Cichlids and looking for some feedback on stocking the tank. Here are the details on the tank:
75g, silicate sand substrate, two 300w heaters, one Polar Aurora Canister filter (525gph), a week or two away from being cycled.

This is the list of fish I am considering:
Yellow labs 1m:4f
Albino Socolofi 1m:4f
Acei 1m:4f
Maingano 1m:4f

Other species I like:
Cynotilapia Zebroides Cobue
Psuedotropheus Saulosi
Johanni
Demasoni

I know I need to stick to 3, maybe 4 species max in the tank shooting for 15-20 mbunas total. I really like the look of the Maingano/Johanni/Demasoni. It seems the Maingano might be the most peaceful of the three?
I'm interested in hearing any option for a red/orange color that could be substituted in the above list.
I know the Socolofi might be a bit of a wild card? More aggressive? Looking for any suggestions you all might have on this list and the ratios of M:F. Open to feedback on the tank as well.

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Stocking Beginner Mbuna 75 Gallon

Postby DJRansome » Fri Mar 06, 2020 2:26 pm

The first stocking looks fine (including socolofi), except stock 1m:7f on the maingano.

If you want to swap out something for orange, I would remove yellow labs and add Metriaclima estherae.

Don't put them both in the same tank as they cross breed.
125G Borleyi, Multipunctata
75G Demasoni, Msobo, Lucipinnis
75G Calvus, Similis, Petricola
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